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Surplus Output, Slow Economic Growth to Keep Oil Under $70

Surplus Output, Slow Economic Growth to Keep Oil Under $70 Surplus Output, Slow Economic Growth to Keep Oil Under $70

Crude oil prices look likely to trade below $70 per barrel in 2019 as surplus production, much of it from the United States, and slowing economic growth undermine OPEC-led efforts to shore up the market, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.
A survey of 32 economists and analysts forecasts the North Sea Brent crude oil benchmark will average $69.13 per barrel in 2019, more than $5 lower than last month’s projection. Brent averaged $71.76 in 2018. 
“The first half of 2019 will be dominated by concerns about oversupply,” said Ashley Petersen of Stratas Advisors. 
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers including Russia, known collectively as OPEC+, agreed earlier this month to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day to try to drain global crude inventories and support prices. 
But the cuts are not due to take place until January and prices have fallen more than 15% since the announcement. 
“The market had largely priced in renewed production cuts from OPEC. As a result, we expect prices to sink if OPEC or Russia diverge from their production quotas notably,” said Cailin Birch, an analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit. 
Oil prices have fallen more than 40% from multi-year highs in early October on concerns about the impact of a trade dispute between the US and China on global economic growth and demand for oil. 
Another potential headwind next year is slowing consumption.

 

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